ST. LOUIS: President Clinton today faces a task almost as daunting as a hostile job interview: He's going to St. Louis to tout "Welfare to Work," a struggling boot-strap program that's supposed to help 10,000 welfare recipients find jobs within five years.
TIME Washington correspondent Bruce Van Voorst says the year-old program has performed poorly, and faces "enormous challenges." That's because federal, state and local governments aren't working well together to train welfare recipients. "They're headed for a crunch," says Van Voorst. So far, a mere 750 companies have promised to hire at least one welfare recipient. And it's not as if the federal government is setting an example: It has, so far, hired a scant 410 welfare recipients.